Artist Bio Over the years Terry has been published in over 50
articles in magazines and books, including:
McCall's Needlework; Quilter's Newsletter;Machine Embroidery and Textile
Arts;CMA trade magazine; Stitch n Sew Quilts; Quick n Easy Quilts; Quilt World
magazine and Calendar; Quilting Arts Calendar 2003; America from the Heart;
America's Best; America Sews.
Embroidery Design Collections:
Grafitti Alphabet- Viking Sewing Machine Co.
Grafitti Art- Viking Sewing Machine Co.
Art Nouveau- Viking Sewing Machine Co.
Folk Art- Viking Sewing Machine Co.
South of the Border- Taire Daire Designs
Arts and Craft- Taire Daire Designs
Quilting with Shar and Friends
QNN-tv on the Internet:
Designing by Thread with Terry White
Among other awards:
"Thar Be Dragons Here" won in the Sulky Challenge in 1999
"Wanna Play?" was featured in Quilting Arts Calendar in 2003
"Widow of Zarapeth" isin the invitational exhibit "Women of Biblical Proportions"
"Moth at Rest" won first in Quilter's Treasure Challenge 2004
Terry's work has hung in local galleries and shows including:
Artist Statement The world is a beautiful and
terrifying place. People are wonderful and scary. That has been my life
experience so far.
Growing up in a large family gives one plenty of time to observe. There is
so much activity going on all the time and one day changes into many
days with the interaction of mother, father, siblings and environment.
As a little child I didn't understand much but I observed. I didn’t know I
was dyslexic and I didn’t know that it contributed to my difficulty in
following directions in a formal order. My brain mixed up what I saw with
my impressions and words were hard to come by and I could draw.
Manipulating the colorful mediums of play-doh, yarn, fabric scraps, color
forms, crayons, paints, colored paper (i.e. all the art supplies of childhood)
was pure joy to me. I could escape the confusing society around me and
make my own world.
As a teenager I loved to work with mixed fiber techniques. I collected
things to make assemblages, studied the works of the artists, visited
Chicago Art Institute (a train ride away) read periodicals and books on
modern fiber art and the traditional needle arts. I studied and explored the
traditional work and designed my own modern work. Many forms of world
and historical embroidery fascinated me and became my subject. I could
knit, tat, crochet, embroider, bead, applique,hook rugs, make handbags,
hats,scarves and dolls.
As a grown up I threadpaint, machine appliqué, piece, quilt, embellish with
beads, fibers and minutiae with sewing machine techniques. It all has to
be on the machine because my hands don’t have the strength to do the
hand work anymore.
The quilt is the best form in which to put my work. I had made many
embroidery panels and with the variety of techniques and layers of fiber I
tried, I would generally have to put my work in frames or on stretcher
bars. When I began to quilt, I found that the quilt process added another
layer of texture to the work and it supported the weight of my ideas in a
When making things, I simplify my image. I pull my subject out of its
environment and create a new one that sympathetically enhances and
glorifies the person, animal, plant, celestial body, or natural artifact.
Sometimes abstract shapes are the subject- but they are usually easy to
identify. My object is not to be obscure, but to share how I perceive the
The effort is to focus. There are so many images thrown at our eyes in a
confusing mess. Simplicity seems to be confused with a lack of
sophistication. My work is a focus on a single idea- a brief moment.
I consider myself a spiritual woman, wife, stitcher, artist, sister, mother,
friend, nana, gardener, baker, writer, student, teacher and american.
I decided at the age of 17 that someday I would design needlework and
publish a book.
I’m 50 and the book comes out this year.
Continental US Only
This video is a class in
Work. it includes
mix of feet, decorative
stitches and novelty
techniques will add a
new dimension to your
This video class shows
10 variations of a simple
technique. These ideas,
as well as the little
notion the "Beadle",
were developed over a
two and a half year
period. This is only the
beginning of the exciting
variations that can be
achieved with this
technique. The "Beadle"
is also available in the
Please Note: These
videos are CD-Roms not
DVD's. They are
intended to play on a
Windows based media
players that support the
popular MPEG-1 format.
Many stand-alone DVD
players also support this
format. Check your
player for compatibility
Continental US Only
Continental US Only
This video will guide you
through the basics of
You will start with the
design in the cover of
this video (included on
this cd) and learn how to
plan your stitching. You'll
learn proper hooping
techniques as well as
how to select threads
that will help ensure
your success. This video
will show you how to set
up your sewing machine
to achieve great results.
You'll then be guided
step by step, teaching
you various stitching
techniques to create
color blending and